Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
~ Og Mandino, Author and Motivational Speaker
“The past does not equal The future. Because you failed yesterday; or all day today, or a moment ago, or for the last six months; the last 16 years, or the last fifty years of life doesn’t mean anything…All that matters is what are you going to do, Right Now.”
– Anthony Robbins, American self-help writer and professional speaker.
- Your Past Doesn’t Equal Your Future
- Don’t Look Back
Your Past Doesn’t Equal Your Future
Mandino (1990) suggested, rule 3 for a better way to live, that when you make a mistake or life knocks you down, don’t dwell on it too long. Robbins (1991) suggested your past doesn’t need to equal your future. Thomas Edison found 9,999 ways not to make a lightbulb.
I’ve made a few mistakes along the way. There are lessons to be learned. Sometimes I’ll make the same mistake again and again, means I need to try something different. There are somethings you can do to help you not to dwell on past mistakes.
Don’t Look Back
- Picture your dreams: Create a vision board, write down your goals and dreams, read them everyday, create affirmations
- Don’t Quit: Just keep showing up. Persistence pays.
Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.
Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.
Robbins, A. (1991). Awaken the giant within: How to take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical & financial destiny. New York, N.Y.: Summit Books.
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